Episode 029 CPO1 Tom Riefesel

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Tom Riefesel, MMM, CD joined the Royal Canadian Navy on 22 December 1982 as a Signalman Sea 261.

In September 1983, he joined his first ship, HMCS Assiniboine. Over the length of his career, he progressed from Signalman, to Yeoman Signals, Combat Chief, Chief Yeoman of Signals NATO Standing Naval Force Atlantic, Chief Naval Communicator at Sea Training Atlantic. CPO1 Riefesel served on 8 different destroyers, frigates and AORs, HMCS Assiniboine, HMCS Ottawa, HMCS Protecteur, HMCS Margaree, HMCS Preserver, HMCS Athabaskan, HMCS Iroquois, HMCS Toronto and HMCS Ville de Québec from the Atlantic Fleet, and shore establishments such as the Maritime Command Headquarters, Canadian Forces Language School Shearwater, and the Canadian Naval Operation School.

Promoted Chief Petty Officer 1st class in February 2005, CPO1 Riefesel immediately joined and served with Maritime Force Atlantic Headquarters N6 as the Unit Chief and was appointed Coxswain of HMCS Ville de Québec in June 2006. On completion of his tour in 2008 he was appointed as Coxswain for Sea Training Atlantic where he remained until July 2009.

In July 2009, he was appointed as the Formation Chief Petty Officer for Maritime Forces Atlantic, a position he held until his current appointment as Chief Petty Officer of the Navy in August 2012.

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On 29 June 2010, the Royal Canadian Navy celebrated its 100th anniversary…

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… and marched with the National Colours of the Royal Canadian Navy.

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CPO1 Riefesel hosts the Senior Chief Petty Officers of the Pacific Fleet.

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CPO1 Riefesel, MMM, CD and Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, CMM, CD visit with Vice-Admiral (Ret’d) Ralph Hennessey, DSC, CD, the oldest living Vice-Admiral of the Royal Canadian Navy.

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Chief Petty Officer First Class Tom Riefesel receives his Medal of Military Merit from the Governor General.

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Tom calls this his ‘Office’!  CPO1 Riefesel is the Cox’n of HMCS Ville de Quebéc.

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The Ensign of the Royal Canadian Navy.

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CPO1 Riefesel and the former Chief Petty Officers of the Royal Canadian Navy.

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Tom staying fit on land.

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CPO1 Riefesel and the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman attends the presentation of the Meritorious Service Medals (Military Division) to seven members of the Royal Canadian Navy and an Honorary Navy Captain from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, September 12, 2013 at Rideau Hall.

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Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Tom Riefesel, Command Chief of the Royal Canadian Navy addresses HMCS Trentonian’s veterans during the launch of White Ensign Flying.  On 12 April, 2014 the Chief stressed to the crowd the RCN today has been built on the strength of the veterans and the actions and sacrifices they made.

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CPO1 Riefesel meets with the veterans of HMCS Trentonian.

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